Warning: this post contains lots of pictures of waterfalls...
Leaving Vrsar on 13th April was quite sad as we had to say goodbye to the Huesemanns from Switzerland and their ‘Viking Chess’, not to mention the Metaxa 7 stars!!
It was lovely spending time in such a beautiful place with such nice people, and for Dot to have friends who entertained her.
Our next stop on the grand tour was Krk, Croatia’s largest island in north-west Adriatic. It was quite a drive but very impressive. Al took us the scenic route which was quite hairy in parts with the caravan attached. It began with large valleys and flat plains, then became sheer drops to fjord like inlets and finally we reached the coast. I imagine it is like the Italian Riviera 30 years ago. Tiny harbours and private coves, then steep towns all overlooking the crystal clear water. Then I spotted THE BRIDGE! Krk is an island but is joined to the mainland at one point by a huge bridge.
Luckily we made it across safely and drove the one road through the island to Camp Jezevac. The campsite was very lovely and close to the small harbour of Krk where we ate grilled cuttlefish and squid (well I did, Al is staying away from sea things!) Krk old-town was impressive within ancient town walls, but tiny. As a treat we went on the Submarine, parked in the harbour, for a reef visit, Dot now has the bug and wants to learn to scuba dive!
We had a short stop on our journey towards Krka National Park at the very chilled Camping Nordsee. As seems to be typical, the weather was glorious when we arrived but then turned cloudy. Dot and Al took the opportunity to give the caravan a good wash.
We left there and headed for Sibenik and Solaris Resort Camping. This is the first 'resort' we have stayed on, which lulled us into holiday mode! It had 4 hotels, a full size pirate ship bar, Aqua Park, a Dalmatian ethnic village and loads of other facilities. We decided to go the Aqua Park on the next available sunny day.
When we arrived a worker welcomed us in to have a look around, then looked shocked when we said we wanted to go on the slides! ‘It’s not heated!’ he exclaimed. Of course we thought that would be fine, it was FREEZING! We had the whole place to ourselves, no wonder! We still had fun and rounded it off with a ride on the little train and a drink on the pirate ship.
Next up was a day inland at the Krka National Park and we set off early in the morning to drive 45minutes to ‘Roski Slap’ (great name) a renowned waterfall area. It was a 500 step climb to the viewpoint and bronze age cave. We were quite exhausted at the top but the view made up for it. We also saw bats asleep in the cave. At the old mill nearby they make cured meats and cheese and bake delicious bread, a whole plate for 3 people was just 50 kuna (£5).
Next we drove along the lake to the even bigger waterfalls at Skradinski Buk. We travelled there by boat then saw the falls close up from a succession of wooden walkways across the tumbling water. Really very beautiful!
Back at the caravan we drank Prosecco with Helmut and Rita, our German neighbours, and planned our next move.